Read The Rent Collector Online Free - Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the bad-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money--a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption.
|Title||:||The Rent Collector|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
April 12, 2013
I honestly do not know if I will finish this book. The premise is really intriguing, but the voice of the character is so out of place it is distracting. The main character speaks like a sassy,educated, middle-aged soccer mom from suburbia, not a destitute woman who has grown up and lived her lif...
August 02, 2013
The voice/tone of this book was so WRONG. I felt like I was reading the words of an outsider, somebody trying to Americanize what should have been a Cambodian story. The whole experience felt inauthentic.
(view spoiler)[At the very end when Sang Ly gives her speech to the assembled masses, I was so disappointed... (hide spoiler)]
September 26, 2015
Each time I'd see this at the library I'd kinda wince a little, after realizing the cover art and photos in the back of this novel are all pictures taken by the author's son from a documentary he filmed. It's like, I just couldn't bring myself to read an author's fictional work that he himself ha...
February 15, 2017
I really enjoyed the quotes from literature incorporated into the story. I enjoyed the historical piece, learning about the Khmer Rouge revolution and the genocide that occurred. I also appreciated the friendship between Sang Ly and Sopeap. It was interesting to see Sang Ly see the world differen...
September 09, 2017
I remember reading a review of this book and thinking it sounded fascinating. But for some reason, it just fell flat for me. While I could feel sympathy for the characters, I couldn't connect with them. They seemed less than three dimensional.
Sang Ly dreams of learning to read. She believes bein...
October 04, 2012
Simply put, this book is a jewel. Another reviewer described it as "cleansing", and I completely agree.
Camron Wright lists Yann Martel's The Life of Pi as one of his favorites (and I like that Wright says he's not smart enough to be a literature snob, heh), and the style is similar, the prose ele...
November 06, 2017
The Rent Collector is a novel inspired on a documentary The River of Victory, the largest dump in Cambodia called Strung Meanchey. The story follows the lives of Sang Ly; wife and mother, Ki Lim; husband and father, Nisay;the sickly child, and Sopeap Sin, the Rent Collector. Sang and Ki struggle...
December 10, 2012
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Fabulous! Absolutely wonderful. This is one of my favorite reads this year.
I chose The Rent Collector as my pick for my local book group. Every single person who read it loved it. That hasn't happened before at book group. If...
April 10, 2014
I gave this book four stars not because it was a fun and entertaining read, though it was entertaining; rather, I gave this book four stars because of the lessons on literature Camron Wright taught me using Sopeap Sin and Sang Ly.
I think one of the most apt descriptions of literature is found in...
January 16, 2016
I know most of my friends will disagree with my rating, but I have to give my honest review. And if you have a happy experience reading this book, I am truly glad for you. I thought the book had a lot of great things going for it, but in the end, it didn't win me over.
I think the best pa...